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May and June 2020 in Films


I didn’t do a round up post for May due to the state of things at the beginning of June, but I do want to do the films I watched in May justice, so I am doing a two month post this month. So, after the cut you will find everything I watched in May *and* June, a breakdown by decade, and my favorites.

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No Post For May


It doesn’t feel right to do a post this month, but I want to push you all to watch the films in Tell Me: Women Filmmaker, Women’s Stories on Criterion Channel.

 

Here’s the log:

  1. All Day and a Night
  2. The Half of It
  3. Ema
  4. Joyce at 34
  5. Becoming
  6. Selah and the Spades
  7. Clotheslines
  8. Un beau soleil intérieur (Let the Sunshine In)
  9. Carrie Pilby
  10. Loser
  11. Diabolo menthe (Peppermint Soda)
  12. Outside In
  13. Jean of the Joneses
  14. Qarib Qarib Singlle
  15. Galveston
  16. Rough Night
  17. Ophelia
  18. The Weekend
  19. Sword of Trust
  20. Paper Year
  21. Growing Up Female
  22. Janie’s Janie
  23. Betty Tells Her Story
  24. It Happens to Us
  25. Yudie
  26. Second Cousins Once Removed

 

April 2020 in Films


It is the truth universally acknowledged that April 2020 flew by at the speed of light. March seemed interminably long, but I don’t even know where April went. I definitely watched less films in April, but I did watch some truly stunning ones. As always you can find the whole list, a breakdown by decade, and a few of my favorites after the cut.

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March 2020 in Films


It feels like March was a month that just would not end. As is with many people, I haven’t left my house in several weeks (except for a few trips to the grocery store), so my movie watching increased quite a bit this month. As you will see after the cut, I’ve continued watching A LOT of Japanese films. I feel that trend will continue for the foreseeable future. As always, after the cut you can see everything I watched, plus a few highlighted favorites.

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February 2020 in Films


I took a week off for vacation in the middle of the month so views are a bit low, but I saw some absolute gems in February. As always, you can see everything I watched after the cut, plus I highlighted a few favorites.

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January 2020 in Films


I cannot even fathom that we are in a new decade. This blog chronicled almost an entire decade of my cinema consumption, as well as my growth as a writer, my changing interests, tastes, and pursuits. As we move into a new decade I find myself with less and less time to dedicate to this blog, but I will attempt to still do these month round ups. So, as always, you can see everything I watched last month and a few favorites.

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2019 in Films: 365 Days, 426 Films, and a Year Full of Cinema!


2019 was a whirlwind of a year. FilmStruck closed down in late-2018, and by early-2019 I found myself moving back to Los Angeles to work for NetflixFilm. It’s been an incredibly fulfilling year, but with all this work (and travel for work! and moving back across the country!), I definitely watched far fewer films than I have in previous years. I’ve also found I’ve had less time to dedicate to this blog, but as always I have kept track of everything I’ve watched. So, here’s everything I watched in 2020, plus a little context. You can see all my month recaps here.

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Cinema Fanatic’s Favorite Fifteen Films of 2019


I honestly cannot believe this is the end of a decade. The 2010s have been a very transformative decade for me in almost every way possible. The one thing that has stayed with me is my love of cinema. I always have ups and downs with contemporary cinema, but this year I found several films that really spoke to me. So, as always, you can find my favorite fifteen films of the year after the cut. You can also see my whole list here.

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December 2019 in Films


The final month of the final year of the decade. How did we get here??? Time is an illusion, but the enjoyment you get from movies is real. Dig it! With that, here is everything I watched in this month.

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It’s Cinema Fanatic’s 10th Anniversary!


I definitely should have planned something more fancy for my 10th anniversary, but this year has completely gotten away from me. Moving across the country and starting a new job can take a lot out of you!

Some highlights: Noirvember also celebrated its 10th year, I attended a few film festivals for the first time (mostly for work, so I didn’t see anything, but still it was fun): Toronto International Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and New York Film Festival. I went back to Pordenone for the fourth time.

In terms of work, I did some great interviews over the year including the DP and supporting cast of The Irishman (watch those here), and some really fun director’s commentary podcasts (listen here).

I’m really grateful for all the opportunities this blog has given me of the last decade, but as we head into a new one I’m not sure that I will have the time to dedicate to it properly. I plan to close out this year like I always do with my end of the month post for December, my Favorite Fifteen Films of 2019, and my end of the year wrap up, but after that I may retire the blog in 2020. Maybe bring it back just for the end of the year next December. I guess we’ll see.